Shiny, healthy nails never go out of style, but if you don't take good care of your nails and cuticles they can become dry, brittle and easily broken. Nails might seem trivial, but unhealthy nails can also be a sign of poor overall health. Strong nails look and feel great, so give them the care they deserve and require by taking a few extra minutes each day to look after them. Hydration is essential for cuticle and nail health and can even help extend the life of your manicure, but it's also important to replace mainstream nail polishes and removers with non-toxic alternatives.
Natural nail and cuticle care
Life Basics Sun Set Gel - Base Coat
A good quality base coat is a nail care essential. If you're planning on applying nail polish, a base coat will help to prevent discolouration by adding a barrier between the nail and the colour, as well as creating a smooth canvas for polish. If you're not adding colour, a clear base coat can make your nails look thicker, stronger and shinier! My favourite is the Life Basics Sun Set Gel - Base Coat. It's vegan, Australian made and free from 7 of the common potentially toxic ingredients found in regular nail polishes, and is designed to provide a smoothing, extra-strong and high-gloss finish that is suitable for gel nail polish.
KORA Organics Rose & Noni Daily Hand Cream
Your hands are often the most overworked part of your body! I like to keep a tube of KORA Organics Rose & Noni Daily Hand Cream with me at all times because it really breathes life back into tired and dry hands thanks to soothing ingredients like Organic Noni Extract, Aloe Vera, Hibiscus Flower, and Rosehip, Geranium and Rose Oils. It's also great for looking after cuticles, helping to keep them smooth, softened and hydrated.
Life Basics Nail Polish Remover Wipes
Fast and convenient, the Life Basics Nail Polish Remover Wipes are an ultra-easy way to remove your nail polish without damaging your nails or skin, containing soothing Castor Oil, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Calendula to moisturise and care for your hands while thoroughly removing nail colour. In a handy travel-size container, these biodegradable are vegan and free from Acetone and Ethyl Acetate.
Fresh Therapies Nail Polish Remover
Mainstream nail polish removers can not only give you a headache but can also leave your nails feeling dry, brittle and dehydrated. The Fresh Therapies Nail Polish Remover is designed to nourish and moisturise nails while removing varnish, thanks to biodegradable, food-grade and plant-based ingredients. This vegan, non-toxic formula works just as effectively as mainstream removers, and has a fresh, natural scent from Lime.
Fusion Health Hair, Skin & Nails
It's important to care for your nails from the inside out as well, so I've added the Fusion Health Hair, Skin & Nails supplement into my routine. The active ingredient in this supplement is Silica, and the supplement promotes the repair of Collagen and connective tissue, making it really effective in strengthening not only your nails but your hair and skin too. This Australian made formula is free from gluten and nuts and is suitable for the whole family.
Warning: Fallopia multiflora may harm the liver in some people. Use under the supervision of a healthcare professional. Vitamins can only be of assistance if the dietary vitamin intake is inadequate. This product contains selenium which is toxic in high doses. A daily dose of 150 micrograms for adults of selenium from dietary supplements should not be exceeded.
Do not take while on warfarin therapy without medical advice.
If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Always read the label and use as directed.
Badger Cuticle Care
Perfect for soothing dry cuticles, the Badger Cuticle Care is a natural, creamy balm that you massage into the cuticles and it's an absolute essential for nails. It treats damaged and even peeling cuticles thanks to nourishing Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Beeswax and Sea Buckthorn, which deliver intensive moisture to help repair cuticles. Use overnight for a rich and hydrating treatment.